May gardening tips
May is upon us and the weather is improving. Now is the time to really get into your garden. Here are some gardening ideas -
Check your plants and prune out frost damage from affected evergreen shrubs. Give them a general tidy up.
May is a good time to divide clumps of herbaceous perennials, bamboos and clumps of bulbs. Dig up carefully, split and replant where you want them.
Train and tie your sweet peas and other climbing plants such as clematis and honeysuckle to their supports, or where you wish them to grow!
Start planting up hanging baskets - (Additional information about hanging basket planting available by clicking Here)
May days can be unpredicable so keep hanging baskets, pots and troughs well watered and don't forget to protect these against any frost we may have.
Use a stiff brush or pressure washer to remove algae from paths to prevent it from speading. Algon and Patio Magic are great to use as they clean your path / patio too. Or the specialised killers such as Path Clear and Verdone Weedol are ideal.
Use a half-moon edging iron to make a 3 inch gutter around the edge of the lawn to prevent grass from creeping into borders, this also could help with drainage.
Sow seeds of the following crops if conditions are fine: lettuce, spinach, rocket, radish, watercress, cauliflower, cabbage, brussels sprouts, french beans runner beans. Check seed packets for other seeds that can be started now. Protect seedlings from any late frosts.
Plant out bedding plants towards the end of the month, providing frosts are no longer a problem.
Enjoy the garden!